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CARR EXPECTS CLOSE RACE AT SYRACUSE MILE PICKERINGTON, Ohio (June 12, 2006) -- Chris Carr scored victory by the narrowest of margins in the opening round of the AMA Grand National Twins Championship over the Memorial Day Weekend. The Quality ...

CARR EXPECTS CLOSE RACE AT SYRACUSE MILE

PICKERINGTON, Ohio (June 12, 2006) -- Chris Carr scored victory by the narrowest of margins in the opening round of the AMA Grand National Twins Championship over the Memorial Day Weekend. The Quality Checked Certified Pre-Owned Ford sponsored team owner and defending series champ says that he thinks the upcoming Syracuse (N.Y.) Mile, at the New York State Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 17, is likely to be another last-lap thriller.

Carr, of Fleetwood, Pa., leads the AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Grand National Twins Championship as the series thunders into the historic Syracuse Mile.

Carr won by a mere six inches over veteran Jay Springsteen in the opening Twins Grand National in Springfield, Ill., on May 28. Carr, the seven-time AMA Grand National Champion, is pursuing his eighth title this year. He comes to Syracuse the defending winner of the race.

"Finishes like we had in Springfield last week are what make this sport so great," said Carr, the winningest active rider in the series. "Syracuse is a more technical mile than Springfield. It tightens up a little bit and is somewhat narrower in turns two and three so it requires you to use a little patience. Racing in a pack at Syracuse takes a lot of strategy." Carr sees the normal suspects as his primary competition at Syracuse.

"Springer is on form and [Rich] King is always tough on the miles," he said. "When you have veterans like those guys riding as well as they are it always makes for a tough race day."

Harley-Davidson factory rider Ken Coolbeth is third in the championship, three points down to Bartel's Harley-Davidson's Springsteen.

The Syracuse Mile is a track that links past greats of the Class A era of motorcycle racing in the 1920s to the stars of today and in its heyday was one of the tradition-rich venues in all of motorcycle racing. David Sedlack, owner of Performance Harley-Davidson in Syracuse, is reviving that tradition by bringing back the Syracuse Mile. Sedlack is unwavering in his dedication to restoring the prestige of the event.

"This prestigious race was off the calendar for a while and we're hoping to keep it going strong," said Sedlack. "We've got a great group of stars in the series now and motorcycle racing on the mile is one of those sporting events everyone should experience at least once in their life."

WHAT: The 41st Syracuse Mile, round two of the AMA Ford Quality Checked Grand National Twins Championship.

WHERE: New York State Fairgrounds, The New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, N.Y., are adjacent to Route 690 West. The Fairgrounds are accessible from the New York State Thruway, exit 39 (from the West) and 34A (from the East), and Route 81 from North and South.

WHEN: June 17, 2006 (rain date -- June 18).

COURSE: New York Fairgrounds Mile oval.

2005 WINNER: Chris Carr (Harley-Davidson).

SCHEDULE: 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Qualifying Practice; 7:30 p.m. Opening Ceremonies

TICKETS: Tickets are available for $30 from Performance Harley-Davidson during normal business hours, or call (315) 471-1157 at any hour. Children 13 and under are free with paid admission. There is $1 flat shipping fee per order for pre-sale tickets.

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